Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Cryptogamic plants, forming an order of the Hepaticæ. The frond is never leafy, and is frequently forked; the male organs are immersed in sessile or stalked discoid or peltate receptacles, and the capsules are disposed symmetrically on the under side of stalked wheel-shaped receptacles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A natural family of liverworts with prostrate and usually dichotomously branched thalli.
- n. liverworts with prostrate and usually dichotomously branched thalli
- Marchantia + -aceae (Wiktionary)
“In most forms the capsule is raised above the general surface at the time of opening, usually by the rapid growth of the seta, but in the Marchantiaceae by the sporogonia being raised on a special archegoniophore.”
“Marchantiaceae are the representatives of radiate animals, another reason why Jungermanniaceae are to be separated from them.”
“Tell ---- I have in view the division of the vegetable kingdom analagous to radiata, they include all the Marchantiaceae, and are, to all intents and purposes, Vegetable Radiata. ”
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